Aneesh Chopra Keynote Address

Aneesh Chopra, Federal Chief Technology Officer, Executive Office of Science & Technology Policy

Since the Obama campaign used Web 2.0 technologies to get to the White House, it was a logical next step to
get those technologies used in government. But how? And who would get this e ort underway? In April 2009
President Obama appointed Aneesh Chopra as Federal CTO. Aneesh had been Virginia Governor Tim Kaine’s Sec-
retary of Technology and previously worked at healthcare and nancial services consultants The Advisory Board
Company. He’s clearly the right man for the job. While in Virginia he created an open source physics text book
and for the last year in his role as Federal CTO, he’s been setting a manic pace. He’s already established apps.gov—a
web site for sharing lightweight Web 2.0 technologies for government agencies and played a leading role in the
establishment of the Community Health Data Initiative (CHDI).